A group of Bellflower residents concerned about the legality of a proposal to refinance the bonds that paid for the building of the civic center complex has asked the Los Angeles County Grand Jury to investigate.
City officials say they expect to receive $1.25 million from refinancing the notes issued in 1981 to pay for City Hall if they can refinance at a favorable interest rate.
However, refinancing will mean future taxpayers will face an additional $5.2-million debt that will take 10 years to pay off, according to Ronald Price, president of the 10-member Bellflower Citizens Concerned.
"We are talking about paying $5 million for a $1.25-million loan that our children and grandchildren will have to pay for," Price said. "We just want to know if this is right."